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Drug treatments: Nicotinic acid (niacin)

For many years, doses of 1 - 3 grams of nicotinic acid per day has been a treatment option for low HDL cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. However, newer studies have shown use of nicotinic acid for treating these problems may actually increase your risk of heart and blood vessel problems. Talk to your doctor before using this treatment on your own.

 

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Review Date: 12/31/2012
Reviewed By: Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, FACC Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College; Private Practice specializing in Cardiovascular Disease in Greenwich, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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